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She-Devil (1989)

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A surprisingly resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

Fay Weldon (novel), Barry Strugatz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Mary Fisher
Roseanne Barr ... Ruth Patchett
Ed Begley Jr. ... Bob
Linda Hunt ... Hooper
Sylvia Miles ... Mrs. Fisher
Elisebeth Peters Elisebeth Peters ... Nicolette Patchett
Bryan Larkin ... Andy Patchett
A Martinez ... Garcia
Maria Pitillo ... Olivia Honey
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Trumper
Susan Willis Susan Willis ... Ute
Jack Gilpin ... Larry
Robin Leach ... Himself
Nitchie Barrett Nitchie Barrett ... Bob's Secretary
June Gable June Gable ... Realtor
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Storyline

Ruth is a wife and mother who tries to please her husband (Bob) but finds him pulling away and spending more time at the office than at home. When he begins an affair with a famous romance novelist (Mary) and leaves Ruth to raise their kids, she decides she's had enough of playing nice docile housewife. Ruth endeavors to show Bob and Mary the truth about themselves and each other, while creating a new successful life of her own. Written by Mia Holder

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Revenge Is Sweet... And Low.

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La diabla See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,351,421
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This cinema movie was made and released about three years after the first version of the film's source book, the four hour The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) mini-series, had been first broadcast on UK television in 1986. See more »

Goofs

When Bob is being helped into the police car while being arrested, a voice says, "Watch your head, sir," However, Bob is already in the car and a policeman is getting into the car when the line is spoken. See more »

Quotes

[hearing the doorbell ring]
Mary Fisher: [sweetly] Would somebody please get the door?
[doorbell continues ringing]
Mary Fisher: [angry] WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GET THE GODDAMN DOOR?
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert & the Movies: You Blew It! (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

C'mon and Get My Love
Written and performed by D. Mob
Provided Courtesy of FFRR Records, Ltd.
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The devil in disguise
9 September 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Underrated, well-performed comedy from Fay Weldon's book (previously filmed as a British mini-series for television) about a common housewife who connives to get even with the self-absorbed romance novelist who stole her husband. Some of the jokes have a mean-spirited tone, but it was an interesting idea to have Roseanne Barr play her role (as the put-upon wife-turned-she devil) in a relatively low-key and allow Meryl Streep (as the colorful villainess) to ham it up. Sylvia Miles and Linda Hunt are lively in supporting roles, though both simply evaporate from the film's narrative after the midway point, this due to the film's episodic structure. Ed Begley Jr. isn't quite right as Roseanne's cheating husband--he looks like Streep's brother, not her lover--yet the film is funny and entertaining, if not always right on track. **1/2 from ****


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